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O’Malley’s address draws high praise, tough jabs from Maryland politicians

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley deliver his State of the State address in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (Jose Luis Magana — Associated Press)

The seventh State of the State address by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) prompted a wide range of reactions Wednesday from lawmakers and other political leaders. Here’s a sampling of what people thought about O’Malley’s speech.

“He just regurgitated everything he’s said before. I’m glad I didn’t have a large breakfast, because I might have regurgitated too.” — Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford)

“It was a home run.” — Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery)

“He’s come for our cash, he’s come for our property rights with the environmental stuff, and now he’s coming for guns.” — Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin (R-Cecil)

“The state and the national are very closely intertwined in the governor’s future. There were ambassadors who wanted to come to this, you know. It was a national, state, it was a global event, and very moving.” — Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery)

“Governor O’Malley’s delivery is always very good, but I like to look beneath the surface a bit and listen to him on fiscal matters, you know. It doesn’t take a lot of creativity to tax your way out of a deficit.” — Del. Herbert R. McMillan (R-Anne Arundel)

“We all share in the legitimate sorrow and shock the evil actions of deranged killers ... but the governor’s pandering on guns will not make our children safer. Attacking lawful gun ownership sends a troubling signal that the government does not trust its citizens and believes they should have fewer rights during dangerous periods.” — Del. Justin D. Ready (R-Carroll)

“The governor showed how making tough, fiscally responsible choices and using a balanced approach can yield progress.” — Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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